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Snoopers CharterReports today say that the UK government is still trying to introduce its controversial Communications Data Bill — also known as the “Snooper’s Charter” — “at the earliest possible opportunity”.

The bill, if implemented as proposed would force websites and ISPs to keep records of their users activities. What this means in practice is that the government could then monitor your online activities.

Already Twitter and Wikipedia, and others, have expressed concerns over the implications. Jimmy Whale (Wikipedia)  has even gone so far as to state that he will encrypt all IP addresses so that the only thing government agencies could see is that someone had accessed Wikipedia and not what they did inside it.

I’m not sure what the implications are for other providers of websites. When I provide a website for a business do I have to store all this data?

Of course the excuse from the government for this legislation is to combat cybercrime. But that’s always the excuse when this kind of legislation is introduced.

As I’ve said before, governments are terrified that ordinary people will one day wake up to the power that the Internet gives them. After all look what’s happened to the Arab world after the so-called Arab Spring which was driven by the Internet and social media.

This legislation is primarily to monitor us, not the cybercriminals.

What do you think? Are you happy in the though that some civil servant could be sifting through your browsing activities?

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